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Hi-Line Athlete Profile: Lacey Waid, Havre Track

HHS's Waid reaching soaring heights

 

May 7, 2014

Daniel Horton

Havre High senior Lacey Waid heads down the runway during the pole vault competition at last month's Lions Havre Invitational. Waid is now the school record holder in the pole vault, and her talent has landed her a scholarship to compete for the Montana State-Billings track and field team next fall. But first, she's on a quest to capture a state championship in the vault this spring.

Lacey Waid has been extremely busy the last four years as a standout Havre High Blue Pony athlete. But having been offered a track and field scholarship to Montana State University-Billings, Waid won’t be slowing down anytime soon, as she takes her athleticism to the collegiate level.

Waid has been a force for Pony athletics since her freshman year, but as a senior, she is having her best year yet. The highlight so far was a Class A state basketball title she and the rest of the Ponies earned on March 15 with a win over Hamilton in the chipper in Great Falls. Waid was a four-year varsity player for head coach Dustin Kraske, while also garnering Second-Team All-Conference honors this season for her efforts in Central A action.

But Waid is also a four-year varsity track star, as well as three-year varsity volleyball player for HHS. As a hitter for the Pony volleyball program, Waid stepped up as one of the top kill getters for Havre this past season, and was also named a team captain, and the defensive MVP. But Waid has really stepped up as a Blue Pony pole vaulter. She has been vaulting since the eighth grade and hasn’t looked back. She tied the previous school record of 9-6 as a freshman, but set a new school record of 10-0 last season. This year Waid has already broken her own record and has reset the mark at 10-6. She has cleared 10-6 on several occasions, including last weekend when 10-6 also set a new meet record at the Whitefish ARM meet.

Her four years of athletics has been a great run for three Blue Pony programs, but Waid is also the president of the Pep Club and used to perform with the Havre High Hi-Liters choir.

And before Waid pushes on through the rest of her senior track season, hunting for a state title, she caught up with the Havre Daily News to answer five questions.

HDN: What did it feel like to set a new school record in the pole vault?

Waid: “The first time I cleared it, I didn’t even realize at first, I was just like ‘Oh my gosh, I just got 10-6.’ I didn’t really think about it until it happened. But it is different (than clearing the lower heights), when I realized I cleared 10-6, I did jump up and down and almost did a cartwheel, but I didn’t want to embarrass myself.”

HDN: Now that you know what it feels like to win a state title with the basketball team, how badly do you want to win a state title in the pole vault this year?

Waid: “I want it so bad. I have been waiting for this moment since my freshman year when I thought I could be pretty good at this. Two state titles would be amazing, so I want it bad. And everyone keeps saying that I am going to win it this year, and it is my year, and blah, blah, blah, so now I am on board. I am going to win it and it is like I have no doubt I can win it this year. I feel confident and I am having a good year, I have won every meet I have been in so far, so I hope I can continue.”

HDN: What is most exciting about going to college next year?

Waid: “I am just excited to leave and maybe grow up a little bit. I don’t want to grow up too fast, but it will be fun to just leave and get out of Havre for a little bit. I have been here my entire life, so it will be new and fun. But I am really excited for college track, I know they will whip me into shape.”

HDN: How different is it competing in team sports like basketball and volleyball, compared to what you do on the track team?

Waid: “I still worry about my teammates because track is a team sport, but I am able to focus on myself, too, in track. In basketball coach (Dustin) Kraske always tells us that it isn’t all about us during the season, but when I am competing in pole vault, it is all about me. I work hard because I want to get better, so when I am standing on the runway getting ready to vault, I am focused on myself and just thinking ‘I am going to get this.’”

HDN: How scary was it when you were first learning how to pole vault?

Waid: “I started in eighth grade because my brother (Lane Waid) vaulted. But I did get scared because (Tyson Gruber) fell into the pit and it looked like he was going to break his arm. It made me nervous for a little bit, but the next day I was, like, whatever and just tried it anyway. But I don’t think vaulting is really scary. I don’t think about it because my brother did it. And it happens so fast, I don’t think you have time to get scared.”

 

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